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School Profile: South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

8,908 undergraduates of 12,028 total students

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4 Year



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Average Annual Cost

The average total cost of attending school for the most recent year.

The "out of pocket" cost of attending school after the student has received any financial aid that does not need to be repaid (grants and scholarships). This figure is comprehensive and includes expenses such as:

  • In-State Tuition: $9,200
  • Out-of-State Tuition: $12,675
  • Books and Supplies: $1,200
  • Campus Housing: $8,069
  • Other Expenses: $4,007

As you can see, the average student who receives financial aid pays substantially less than the "sticker price."


per year

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Cost by Family Income

The average annual cost based on family income.

The average annual cost based on family income.
Family Income Average Annual Cost
$0-$30,000 $14,171
$30,001-$48,000 $14,846
$48,001-$75,000 $18,826
$75,001-$110,000 $20,393
$110,001+ $20,110

Student Success

Graduation Rate

High graduation rates are a sign of student success.

A low graduation rate may burden people with student loan debt without the increased earning power of a college degree.
54% of students graduate within eight years.

Retention Rate

The percentage of students returning after year one.

A high retention rate is a general indicator that student financial and academic needs are being met. The national average retention rate is around 81% for four-year schools and 63% for two-year schools.
81% of students return after their first year.

Average 10 Year Salary

The average salaries of employed alumni 10 years after enrollment.


annual salary

Popular Majors

The top majors and starting salaries of employed graduates.

Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration...
Animal Sciences
Biology, General
Mechanical Engineering
Human Development, Family Studies, and...

Agricultural Business and Management
Teacher Education and Professional...
Teacher Education and Professional...
Plant Sciences
Agriculture, General
Civil Engineering
Health and Physical Education/Fitness
Construction Engineering Technologies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies...
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
Psychology, General
Design and Applied Arts
Agricultural Mechanization
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied...
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research...
Electrical, Electronics and Communications...
Agricultural Public Services
Family and Consumer Economics and Related...
English Language and Literature, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and...
Political Science and Government
Hospitality Administration/Management
Communication and Media Studies
Apparel and Textiles
Business Administration, Management and...
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities...
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural...
Fine and Studio Arts


Standardized Test Scores

SAT and ACT scores of admitted students.

SAT Reading

800 500 630

SAT Math

800 500 670


36 20 26

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of first-time applicants who were admitted.


Financial Aid Debt

The figures below exclude possible loans from non-government lenders.

Students with Federal Loans

The percentage of students with federal aid.


Student Federal Loan Debt

Lowest to highest based on field of study.

$22,000 - $31,000

$220 - $310 per month for 10 years

Parent PLUS Loans

Up to 10% of parents borrow federal loans.


$202 per month for 10 years

Default Rate

The percentage of students who default on federal loans within three years.

Most federal student loans are in default if no payments have been made in 270 days. Default is a serious situation with substantial negative consequences for the borrower. A high default rate may indicate that students aren't earning enough to repay their loans or that schools are not educating students on loan repayment options (there are options to avoid default regardless of income). The national average default rate is approximately 7%.


Student Body

Socio-Economic Diversity

The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant.


of students

Enrollment Status

The percentage of undergraduates who are enrolled on a full-time schedule.

87% / 13%

Full-time / Part-time
8,908 total


The proportion of students in specific race/ethnicity categories.

88% White
3% Non-resident alien
2% Black
2% Hispanic
2% Two or more races
1% Asian
1% American Indian/Alaska Native
1% Unknown
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